I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Dracula so I probably shouldn’t be surprised when my friends recommended this book to me. This is the origin story of Dracula’s brides, the mysterious characters that we know so little about in the original text.
I’ve always been fascinated by them though and this book has only hyped that up further. Kiran Millwood Hargrave has created fascinating characters with a rich backstory that is utterly enthralling.
Like the original text, The Deathless Girls has a wonderfully dark, gothic feel that is perfect for this type of year. It is beautiful and brutal, all at once and in the best possible way. I loved the way the author wove in the rumours about the Dragon so that our anticipation built and built and built throughout. The stories of his cruelty were so dark and uncomfortable in places but so in line with Dracula.
What I really loved was the supernatural elements that were new for this text. The ideas of fate, strange visions and set paths was brilliantly used throughout the text. Twins Lil and Kizzy have to battle their way through this world with only each other for support; watching them navigate it was simultaneously captivating and unsettling.
I was so invested in these twins that I was enthralled by their story. I loved them and their bond SO much. They were so passionate and strong, each in their own ways! I was rooting for them on every step of their cruel journey, even though I knew what was waiting for them at the end.
As you can probably tell, I absolutely loved this book. I’d go so far as to say that The Deathless Girls is one of my favourite reads of 2020.
Light some candles, get under the blankets and devour this one. You won’t regret it.